Athlon hands out the awards from the third week of action
With the third weekend of the 2020 season in the books, it’s time to take a look at the best of the best and honor some of the top performances. Each week, Athlon Sports will highlight some of the top performers in college football with its weekly awards section. Here’s a look at Athlon Sports’ picks for the offensive, defensive, coordinator, team and freshman from Week 3:
College Football Week 3 Awards
Offensive Player of the Week: Dillon Gabriel, QB, UCF
Gabriel connected on 27 of 41 throws for 417 yards and four touchdowns, leading UCF’s offense to 49 points and an average of 7.2 yards per play in Saturday’s win over Georgia Tech. The sophomore quarterback added 30 more yards on the ground on eight carries.
Defensive Player of the Week: Rashad Weaver, DE, Pitt
Weaver missed all of the 2019 season due to injury, but the senior didn’t show any rust in his first appearance this year. In Saturday’s win over Syracuse, Weaver tied for the team lead in tackles (seven), recorded two sacks and three tackles for a loss.
Team of the Week: Miami
The ‘Canes earned an early statement victory on Saturday night, defeating Louisville 47-34 to move to 2-0. The combination of a new play-caller (Rhett Lashlee) and quarterback (D’Eriq King) has provided a much-needed spark for Miami’s offense. This group averaged 8.1 yards per snap and scored on two 75-yard plays in the second half. The Hurricanes gave up some yards to the Cardinals, but Diaz’s group made just enough timely plays and stops to get the ball back to King and Miami’s offense. There’s a long ways to go in the 2020 season. But if the ‘Canes continue to grow on offense and make timely stops on defense, this team can contend for a trip to the ACC title game.
Coordinator of the Week (Offense): Rhett Lashlee, Miami
Miami’s offense recorded 485 yards (8.1 per snap) in a 47-34 win over Louisville on Saturday night. Lashlee’s attack also converted six of 13 third-down attempts and scored on two one-play drives in the second half. The Hurricanes generated 160 yards on the ground, while quarterback D’Eriq King directed a passing attack that recorded 325 yards over 18 completions.
Coordinator of the Week (Defense): Brad Lambert, Marshall
Appalachian State’s offense averaged 38.8 points a game last season and posted 35 in the opener against Charlotte. However, Marshall’s defense had other plans for the Mountaineers on Saturday. The Thundering Herd allowed just seven points and limited the Appalachian State offense to just 5.1 yards a snap in a 17-7 victory. Lambert’s group held the Mountaineers to just 96 yards on the ground, recorded three sacks and forced two turnovers inside of the red zone.
Freshman of the Week (Offense): Ulysses Bentley IV, RB, SMU
Bentley ran for 227 yards and three touchdowns and added one reception for 21 yards in SMU’s win over North Texas.
Freshman of the Week (Defense): Tyler Grubbs, LB, Louisiana Tech
Grubbs recorded 16 tackles (one for a loss) in Louisiana Tech's win over Southern Miss on Saturday night.